Ragdoll cat Transport Service

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Your cat is so much more than four legs and a tail — they’re members of your family and best friends for life. We’re proud to be the nation’s top-rated and leading service for cat transportation.

Our unique process matches you with a fleet of pre-screened drivers with prior experience at transporting cats, with strong emphasis on your pet's comfort and safety.

Successful Ragdoll transports from our marketplace

ShipmentLocationDistanceCost
Amber shipped LunaLas Vegas, NVMiami, FLrating2545 mi$500.00
Jenifer O'connor shipped No Name YetHouston, TXBryan, TXrating113 mi$250.00
Megan shipped KittenTulsa, OKPell City, ALrating672 mi$325.00
Crystal shipped PjBuffalo, NYLos Angeles, CArating2536 mi$500.00
Elizabeth shipped RagdollLynchburg, VADes Moines, IArating1011 mi$500.00
Jackie shipped MamasLaughlin, NVOshkosh, WIrating1893 mi$600.00
Yu Tian shipped RubyJersey City, NJColumbus, OHrating554 mi$299.00

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What determines the cost of Ragdoll shipping

Here's what you need to know about safely transporting your Ragdoll.

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Mode of transportation

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Ground and air travel have different associated costs. Flying is typically the fastest option, but also the most expensive and taxing on your pet.

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Travel distance

The further you need to transport your pet, the more it'll cost. If you're using ground transportation, you'll have to factor in fuel costs, lodging, meals on the road and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. These costs are applicable whether you drive the pet yourself or you hire a transporter through CitizenShipper. Airlines charge more for longer plane rides as well. This is due to the cost of fuel and the need compensate pilots and flight attendants.

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Pet size

Smaller pets are easier – and less expensive – to transport. If you’re flying your Ragdoll, they’ll need to travel in the cargo hold if they’re over 20 pounds. You’ll also need to buy a USDA-approved crate, which can cost around $200. With ground transport, it’s easier for drivers to accommodate small pets.

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Health clearance and travel equipment

The first step to transporting your Ragdoll is ensuring they’re healthy enough to travel. Most species require a vet-issued health certificate to cross state lines. This will cost $50 to $300. You’ll likely need to purchase some equipment too – such as a crate and travel supplies.

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Transporting Your Ragdoll: Feline Friends on the Move

Breed Characteristics

Ragdoll cats, renowned for their docile nature and affectionate behavior, often exhibit a calm temperament, making them ideal travel companions. However, their trusting disposition necessitates extra care during transportation to ensure they feel secure and comfortable. Understanding their need for companionship can guide pet owners to arrange suitable arrangements that cater to their sociable nature in transit.

Moreover, Ragdolls are known for their distinctive soft, semi-long coat and striking blue eyes. These characteristics require specific attention during transportation, especially in regulating temperature and maintaining grooming practices to keep their coat in optimal condition.

Size and Care Requirements

Ragdoll cats are among the larger cat breeds, with adult males commonly weighing between 15-20 pounds. Their size necessitates spacious carriers that allow for comfortable movement. Additionally, ensuring a regular grooming routine during the journey is crucial to prevent matting and keep them comfortable.

Special considerations such as their dietary needs and hydration are paramount. Ragdolls have a plush coat that can lead to overheating under stress, emphasizing the need for a well-ventilated and climate-controlled environment during transport to ensure their comfort and safety.

Health and Safety Protocols

Prior to transportation, a comprehensive health check by a certified veterinarian is crucial for Ragdoll cats to ensure they are fit for travel. This entails a full examination, with a focus on any breed-specific health concerns such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or kidney issues that could affect their travel capability.

In conjunction with health checks, implementing robust safety protocols is essential. This includes secure, escape-proof carriers and constant supervision. For Ragdoll cats, whose serene nature might make them less reactive to stressful situations, recognizing signs of discomfort or stress is key to their wellbeing.

How to prepare your Ragdoll for transport

At CitizenShipper, we pride ourselves on making pet transportation a breeze. However, there are things you can do ahead of time to make your best friend’s trip safer and more comfortable.

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Talk to your veterinarian

Your pet’s safety is number one – that’s why checking in with your vet before finalizing any travel plans is essential.

Can’t make it to the vet’s office in time? Conveniently video chat with a qualified veterinarian at FirstVet – one of our amazing partners.

Here are the questions you’ll want to ask your vet:

  • Is my pet healthy enough for transport?
  • Is my pet up to date on their vaccines?
  • Is my pet’s microchip still in place and scannable?

Medical Records and Vaccinations

Having up-to-date medical documentation and vaccination records is imperative for the safe transport of Ragdoll cats. Essential vaccinations include rabies, feline calicivirus, and feline herpesvirus, among others. These records not only ensure compliance with travel regulations but also safeguard the health of the feline during transit.

Identification and Security

Proper identification methods are critical for Ragdoll cats during travel. A combination of collars with ID tags, including the cat's name and owner's contact information, alongside microchipping, provides a dual layer of security. This ensures that, in the unlikely event of an escape, the cat can be promptly identified and safely returned.

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Travel Comforts for Ragdoll

Incorporating familiar items such as bedding, toys, or even articles with the owner's scent can markedly reduce stress for Ragdoll cats during transport. Ensuring the travel carrier is equipped with these items provides a sense of familiarity and comfort, helping to maintain their calm demeanor throughout the journey.

Essential pet transport travel supplies include:

  • Food, bowls and fresh water
  • Collars and leashes
  • Waste bags
  • Medication
  • First-aid supplies
  • Any travel documents
  • A secure, USDA-approved travel crate

Traveling to a new place is exciting but stressful for your pet. Pack their favorite toys, a bed or a comfy blanket to help them enjoy their journey. Familiar items remind them of home and will soothe their anxiety.

Customized Travel Advice for Ragdoll Cats

Stress Reduction Strategies

Implementing measures such as covering the travel carrier with a light cloth can help mimic the secure environment of a den, reducing stress in Ragdoll cats. Additionally, the use of pheromone sprays or calming blankets specifically designed for cats can significantly alleviate anxiety, creating a serene travel atmosphere.

Feeding and Litter Box Solutions

Maintaining a consistent feeding schedule close to the cat's regular routine minimizes gastrointestinal distress. Portable litter solutions and regular stops, if possible, are essential for longer journeys to manage their litter box needs, ensuring their comfort and hygiene.

Climate and Comfort

Given the Ragdolls' plush coat, maintaining a climate-controlled environment is crucial to prevent overheating. A comfortable yet secure carrier, accessorized with cooling mats in warmer climates or warm bedding in cooler ones, ensures the wellbeing of your Ragdoll throughout their travel.

After the Journey: Settling In Your Ragdoll

Acclimating to New Spaces

Gradually introducing your Ragdoll to their new surroundings will help them adjust post-travel. Starting with a smaller, controlled space allows them to explore their new environment at their own pace, ensuring a smooth transition.

Post-Travel Health Check

Monitoring your Ragdoll for any signs of stress or health issues after the journey is vital. Look for signs of dehydration, appetite changes, or unusual behavior. Consulting a veterinarian for a post-travel check-up can help confirm their health status and address any concerns promptly.

Maintaining Well-being

Keeping a consistent routine in terms of feeding, playtime, and interaction can greatly assist in maintaining the mental and physical well-being of your Ragdoll cat in their new environment. Familiar routines offer comfort and stability, helping them adjust more easily to their new surroundings.

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